New Volleyball Lingo Will Take Time To ‘Set’


Being a longtime slave to traditional sports and athletic vernacular, slang, jargon and nomenclature, I’m now officially confused.

My befuddlement is because the prep volleyball gods have changed some of their terminology.

In the new phrasing, what were once known as sets and matches are now games.

So, proper phrasing would be, “Payson won three out of five sets to win the game.”

For as long as I can remember, a match consisted of a number of games, at least three.

“Set” was something quarterbacks call out when they want their linemen to get in a three-point stance.

Since this rule change didn’t make much sense to me, although I’ve never coached volleyball, I checked with the National Federal of State High School Associations in Indianapolis, Ind., to see what was behind it.

I was told, “Rule 1-2-1, 3, changes the term ‘game’ to ‘set’ because this updates and reflects the current terminology of the sport and replaces all references in the rules to set.”


As a former algebra teacher, I understood the Quadratic Formula and Pythagorean’s Theorem, but I have no idea what the NFSHSA is talking about when it comes to games, sets and matches.

Calling all GeoKidz

Trails and Outdoors Recreation Coordinator Mary McMullen is jump-starting the “Hurray – It’s a Half-Day” program for elementary-aged school children.

“It is in line with our focus to get kids into the outdoors,” McMullen said.

It will be run by Michael Rose and his GeoKidz program, which was the subject of a feature article in the sports section of the June 9 Payson Roundup.

McMullen says the town program will incorporate experimental, nature-based activities and field trips for kids to keep them busy and in nature while parents work.

“I think it is a fantastic opportunity for our Rim Country children to experience the outdoors in a safe environment,” McMullen said.

The only problem is, enrollment is not yet up to expectations, and Rose and McMullen would like more children to become involved in the program.

The first class will be held from noon to 4 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 16.

Drop-off and pick-up of children will be at Rumsey Park. Each program will include a field trip via a school bus.

Fishing for a school

An upcoming two-man bass, crappie and catfish fishing tournament will benefit the Tonto Basin Little Red School House.

The tournament will be held safelight to 1 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 4 at Roosevelt Lake, with weigh-in at the Windy Hill Launch Ramp.

The entry fee is $110, of which $60 will go to the Little Red School House House Fund and $50 to payouts to winning fishermen.

Payouts will be awarded to first through fifth places for a five-fish limit (one slot fish per angler) and a $25 big fish option.

The limit for crappie is 10, and the limit is three for catfish.

Although the tournament will be the highlight of the day, a barbecue lunch, raffle and awards ceremony will be held at the Butcher Hook after the weigh-in. Two lunches and two raffle tickets are included in the tournament entry fee.

Additional raffle tickets will be available at the barbecue for $1 each or 6 for $5.

Additional barbecue tickets are $5 per person. The Butcher Hook will liven up with music from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.


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